Here’s How To Effectively Talk To Your Kids About Depression

Nearly 20 years later, I still remember the struggle of growing up with a parent who had depression. As a child, I didn’t understand what my mother was going through. I remember her seeking treatment and asking my [...]

For people at risk of mental illness, having access to treatment early can help

How can we best help Australians who are at risk of developing a mental health disorder? A new recommendation to expand the Better Access initiative would open up government-subsidised psychological care to this effect. The recommendation [...]

When is Mindful Eating an effective strategy for Eating Disorders?

Mindful Eating is often promoted and supported in the treatment of eating disorders. It is important to point out though that the majority of research and evidence for mindful eating has been focused on overeating, bulimia [...]

5 ways to meditate for people who hate sitting still

Get squeamish at the thought of being still and breathing deeply for hours? Give one of these alternative ‘moving meditations’ a try. Meditation and mindfulness are transformative for our minds and our bodies – this has [...]

One in five NSW high school kids suffers “severe” deprivation of life’s essentials

It’s tough for any high school student these days. Social media, the uncertainties of adolescence, trying to fit in – trying to figure out who you are. Then imagine what it’s like for kids whose home [...]

Mental health royal commission overwhelmed by response

lmost 4500 Victorians have flooded a major inquiry into the state’s mental health system with submissions about the crisis in services for people suffering mental illness, including those at risk of suicide. Those making submissions are [...]

More maternal and child health nurse visits help mothers and babies thrive

Increasing the number of maternal and child health nurse visits to new mothers facing adversity can significantly improve parenting and maternal wellbeing Like most mums, my memories of the first few days of parenthood are foggy. [...]

Aboriginal community pleas for ‘help in dealing with grief’ as Closing the Gap report finds most targets not met

Some members of South Australia’s Riverland Aboriginal community have lost 23 members of their family in the past two years, and they say they are desperate for help in dealing with grief. Their plea comes as [...]

Meditation’s health benefits get the royal seal of approval

If anybody needs the mind-calming benefits of meditation right now, it’s probably Prince Harry. After a whirlwind 12 months that has seen him marry Meghan Markle, endure endless speculation about a family rift between him and [...]

Nuclear waste site selection process triggers mental health concerns, business boycotts and division, FOI documents reveal

Freedom of Information (FOI) documents reveal the Federal Government has been aware of potential mental health issues, from as early as 2017, caused by the search for a site to store the nation’s nuclear waste. The [...]